We came, we saw, we conquered. Well….we turned up, not exactly sure how it would turn out, we interacted with some fantastic people and, after everyone had gone home, we felt that it had worked out pretty well. I say “we” as my son, Sam, worked with me. Together we demonstrated a few of the many faces of food photography. Our styles are sometimes diametrically opposed but they have the same goal which is to create striking images that make food look delicious.
Being able to run the courses from a professional studio added another dimension to the conception of a Workshop. Not only were our clients immersed in the studio atmosphere but they were also able to benefit from the huge range of props and equipment that are the day to day currency in a professional studio. Above all, we had the support and help of two of the best food stylists in London….Cara Hobday (carahobday.com) and Olia Hercules (oliahercules.com)
The subject matter for each day centred on very different sets of recipes. Each day began with a talk about food photography and the particular aims of a blogger as opposed to the disciplines of commissioned work. To demonstrate the differences of these two forms of photography, Sam and I each produced a master class on a single recipe, showing our individual styles of photography followed by our personal methods of capture and post production. The latter section turned out to be a demonstration of our preferences for either Photoshop or Capture One. The food we photographed ranged from a fried breakfast to a simple green salad, passing by Ottolenghi’s Fennel and Seafood Stew, creme brulée and an exotic fruit salad….not forgetting Sam’s limoncello set up. The gallery below shows some examples of the work created by our clients.
All that remains for us is to thank our clients for making our Workshops such fun and so successful. We’re in the process of sorting out new dates for the next Workshop.